Collection of papers on the F. Scott Fitzgerald / Lester Cowan relationship, 1940-1993 (bulk 1940-1973).
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F. Scott Fitzgerald was born Sept. 24, 1896 in St. Paul Minnesota. He began writing while a student at Princeton University. He met his wife, Zelda, while serving in the US Army stationed in Alabama. His novel, This Side of Paradise, was published in 1920 and he became an instant success. He published he Great Gatsby in 1925. Fitzgerald died on December 21, 1940 of a heart attack at age 44 while living in Los Angeles and working for the film industry....
Lester Cowan (1907-1990) was an independent producer of motion picture films during the 1930s and 1940s. He was hired by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 1928 and shortly thereafter became active in organizing industry events in California, including the annual Academy Awards and a lecture series on film studies at the University of Southern California. Cowan also assembled the film industry's research council, which was responsible for developing technical standar...